Andy Brown

Andy has been writing about the governance of sport for over 15 years. Prior to working on the Sports Integrity Initiative, he was the editor of World Sports Law Report for eight years. He has also worked for the Press Association and has written for numerous trade magazines. He has also created, chaired and spoken at numerous conferences on the business of sport, and produced the Sports Law Show for iSportConnect TV.

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News 02/07/2020

RusAF misses deadline to pay US$5 million fine

The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has missed a deadline to pay a US$5 million fine to World Athletics, arguing that it doesn’t have the money. As such, it is likely that the Authorised Neutral Athlete (ANA) process could be suspended. The ANA process allows Russians untouched by doping to...

Opinion 30/06/2020

Hitting the target but missing the point

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. As last week illustrated, Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion increasingly appears to be playing out in anti-doping. Whilst some of its criticisms were misguided, the general message from an 18 page US Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Report...

News 26/06/2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 26 June 2020

• Barry Fudge will step down as British Athletics’ Head of Endurance at the end of June. “It’s a difficult time for the performance team and the sport as a whole, but it has been great to see British Athletics use the opportunity to push on with recruiting the...

News 26/06/2020

Settlement Agreement ends 2017 doping case

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has approved a Settlement Agreement (PDF below) between Nadja Peter Steiner and the international equestrian federation (FEI), which sanctioned her after her horse reported an adverse analytical finding (AAF) in October 2017. Steiner was provisionally suspended from 9 November 2017 until 8...

News 26/06/2020

FIFA Forward system to be used to distribute Covid-19 relief funding

The FIFA Forward football development system will be used to distribute Covid-19 relief funding to Member Associations, and specific Regulations governing use of such funding are being finalised in collaboration with an external legal counsel. However, FIFA is unlikely to have to pay out the US$1.5 million announced at...

News 25/06/2020

20yr old swimmer gets one year ban for applying wrong eczema cream

A 20 year old swimmer, who was 19 at the time of his doping test, has been sanctioned with a one year ban for applying a pea-sized amount of the wrong eczema cream during the night, which resulted in an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for clostebol. The Full Decision...

Features 24/06/2020

US may withhold WADA funding due to failure to reform*

* The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) describes the ONDCP Report as ‘inaccurate and misleading’, arguing that there is a ‘clear intention to discredit WADA’. To view its full response, click here. The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recommends that the US consider withholding funding from the World...

News 23/06/2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 23 June 2020

• Australian swimmer Shayna Jack has taken down her social media accounts after hackers threatened her and posted messages on her Facebook account, reports the Daily Telegraph. It is understood that hackers from a ‘different country’ threatened to post pictures of her unless money was paid, and posted Facebook...

News 23/06/2020

Twenty two junior Indian rowers return AAF for probenecid

The Rowing Federation of India has blamed food supplements, after 22 junior rowers returned adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for probenecid as a result of tests at a Thailand training camp in December last year, reports the Times of India. Probenecid is a diuretic that can be used to mask...

News 22/06/2020

Twelve year ban for Ethiopian who forged medical documents

Ethiopian marathon runner Etaferahu Wodaj has been sanctioned with a 12 year ban, after a joint investigation by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics and the Ethiopian national anti-doping organisation (NADO) found that she had forged medical documentation in an attempt to explain erythropoietin (EPO) use. Wodaj...

News 22/06/2020

NASCAR investigates after noose found in black driver’s stall

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is investigating after a noose was found in the stall of a black driver who spearheaded a successful campaign to stop NASCAR’s use of the confederate flag. ‘Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in...

News 22/06/2020

Russia considers any suspension of ANA Status illegal

The Russian Ministry of Sport considers any move by World Athletics to suspend the accreditation of Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA) unless the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) pays US$5 million to World Athletics by 1 July a breach of international law. RusAF was fined US$10 million by World Athletics in...

Features 19/06/2020

Mongolia and its strange path to IOC membership

Mongolia is a small country with a proud Olympic history. It is the most sparsely populated country in the world, and roughly half of its 3.3 million population live in its capital, Ulaanbaatar. Due to its location and elevation at over 4,000 feet above sea level, it is the...

News 19/06/2020

Open water swimmer lied about blood transfusion

Guillermo Bertola is to be stripped of the Silver medal he won in the 10km open water swim at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, after being sanctioned with a four year ban for lying about his receipt of a blood transfusion as he knew it was prohibited. The...

Features 18/06/2020

Coleman’s ‘whereabouts failures’ charge explained

Christian Coleman has been charged with ‘whereabouts failures’ by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics, after an unsuccessful out of competition test at his home on 9 December last year. Under Article 2.4 of the World Anti-Doping Code, any combination of three missed tests or filing failures...

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